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ICC Note: The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional a World War I monument in the shape of the cross. According to the court, the monument violates the separation of church and state because it is in the shape of a cross, which they argued is the foremost emblem of the Christian faith and thus only commemorates the lives of Christian servicemen. The American Legion, the group that originally built the memorial, could potentially appeal to the US Supreme Court.

10/18/2017 Untied States (Fox News) – Back in 1925, the American Legion erected a memorial in Bladensburg, Md., to honor the memory of 49 men who perished during World War I.

The 40-foot tall memorial became known as the “Peace Cross.”

In 2014, the American Humanist Association — a group that believes in “being good without a god” — filed a lawsuit alleging the cross-shaped memorial is unconstitutional and demanding it be demolished, altered, or removed.

They alleged the cross carries “an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen.”

On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ruled the historic memorial must be torn down — all because the Bladensburg Memorial is in the shape of a cross.

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